Sunday, November 4, 2007

The Mummy's Ghost (CASTLE FILMS VIDEO)

On the run? No time for a full movie? How about this abridged version of The Mummy’s Ghost (’44.) Back in the days before VHS tapes and cable TV, a company called Castle Films released condensed versions of your favorite movies to play on your 8mm or 16mm reel projector at home. These digest editions are actually perfect nowadays, considering how most kids from our current generation seem to have the attention span of an average house fly when it comes to black and white films. It’s all action, very little filler, and still manages to tell the essentials of the original story nicely. Enjoy!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I never had this one in my collection as a youngster, but everything about it is instantly familiar in terms of a Castle Films production, the re-constructed title card, the slow fade edits, the overall pacing, it almost seems better paced than the real version of the movie which is a bit tedious. This really takes me back to more simple times, thanks again for stirring up such fond, forgotten memories Karswell! I'm sure I'll be on youtube all day now watching the many great videos posted there.

Anonymous said...

I'M COMPLETELY UNFAMILIAR WITH THESE. IT'S A NEAT IDEA AND I CAN SEE HOW IT WOULD BE REALLY FUN IN THE OLD DAYS TO LOAD IT UP ON YOUR PROJECTOR AND WATCH A BUNCH OF THEM WITH YOUR FRIENDS SINCE THERE SO SHORT. SORT OF LIKE EXTENDED TRAILERS.

Karswell said...

As kid I had not only a few horror films but some cartoons too, like Popeye and stuff. It didn't really matter what it was, just the fact that you had a choice in deciding what YOU wanted to watch for once was just as appealing as anything.

Anonymous said...

Kids today never learn,so maybe this is a good idea to introduce em' to the classics without having to lie to them(in the past,i told one kid LEPRECHAUN 4 was made in the 30's and had Boris Karloff in it,he didn't wanna watch it!i then said THEM!was made"last year",he watched it,and loved it.),besides there are a few films even I tire from.

Dr.Phibes said...

My grandpa would set up the projector on the weekends and we'd all meet over there to watch movies. He got us more cartoons than horror. I remember a lot of Woody Woodpecker and Mr. Magoo. I also remember we thought watching things backwards was hilarious. I think you could get movies from the library.

Karswell said...

>I also remember we thought watching things backwards was hilarious.

That was always the best part of movie time at school too. I suppose nowadays kids in school don't have the luxury of projectors and taking turns learning how to feed the film into it... I'm sure it's all dvd.

bambiediby said...

wow this is fun. hope i can still find the full version of mummy's ghost in torrent. :)

B-Sol said...

This is very very cool! I love Universal's "Kharis" series even more than the Boris Karloff original. If memory serves, this one is the third (?) in the series. Great idea to condense them this way, someone could make a killing doing this with movies nowadays...